RUGBY WORLD is proud to be the media partner of an exciting new venture that is gathering momentum – the Rugby Innovation Summit.

The unique event which will be staged at the Twickenham Stoop over 24 and 25 May, continues to have interested parties climbing on board. The aim of the experts involved in the summit is to reduce injury, optimise performance and boost participation across all levels of the game.

Luke James, founder of Game Changer Sports who came up with the event, says: “I had what I suppose you’d call a lightbulb moment. That’s when I came up with the Summit.
“The objective is to understand and implement the latest research and insights into sport injury and performance, and make that applicable at every level of the game. If we help to give athletes, particularly at grass-roots level, a better chance of avoiding injury and playing long and enjoyable careers, that’s a large part of my job done.”

Held in conjunction with Harlequins, and with more than 200 rugby and performance directors from leading clubs, universities and schools in attendance, the RIS will showcase a mix of theory and research with live performances, injury-reducing technology demonstrations and shows of game play – thanks to live performance testing being done alongside a Home Nations International mixed touch tournament.

Displaying the latest innovative research and technology in live scenarios enables directors of rugby, performance coaches, sport scientists and medical professionals to see directly how new techniques or tech impact their team on the field.

Slam dunk: One of the Orlando Magic basketball team in action

Slam dunk: One of the Orlando Magic basketball team in action

Leading names within the game will be presenting, including ex-South Africa skipper Bob Skinstad, USA Sevens coach Mike Friday, kicking guru Dave Alred and Leicester’s head of innovation Matt Johnson amongst many more.

There will also be input from outside of rugby, as experts like Bill Burgos, head of conditioning at the NBA’s Orlando Magic, and Dr James Brown, chief medical officer for GB Triathlon, talk over the weekend.

To find the full list of speakers across both days or to book tickets to the event, visit rugbyinnovationsummit.com